Sunday, 28 April 2019

"A Bleeding Icon Can Be Summoned To The Mortal Realms..."

"...To skewer from on high those who have displeased the Lord of Battle."
This rather formidably-sized two-piece hard plastic 28mm scale model of a Bleeding Icon can be bought as part of the Judgements Of Khorne boxed set by "Games Workshop", and is "a common sight in the crimson skies above Khorne’s domain in the Realm of Chaos." Drawn "through the veil that separates realities by a "friendly Khorne Priest" at "the start of your Hero Phase" the miniature is approximately 95mm tall from icky pool to top, and causes any units that are within one inch of it "at the end of its move" to suffer D3 mortal wounds.

Originally primed with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, the drifting menace was subsequently treated to a double-coat of Gold before being heavily shaded using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. It was then entirely dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gold and had its large blood droplets 'picked out' in Heavy Red.
The (freshly-painted) Sea Devil Overlord uses the frozen lakes to outflank his surprised Dalek foes
The edges of the Bleeding Icon were 'sponged' with some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Red, using a torn piece of blusher pad, and then along with its thick pool of blood, treated to an all-pervading wash of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. As the Judgement of Khorne supposedly sheds gore "as it hovers menacingly in the air" I also applied some extra Carroburg Crimson the the edges of the "brutal sigil" courtesy of the previously used sponge blusher pad.

Moving across from fantasy to science-fiction wargaming, I have managed to make a welcome return to the LVL Up Gaming Store in Bournemouth so as to play another game of "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" by "Warlord Games". Having previously seen my generic Cyberman faction get bested by a Dalek contingent, I decided to bring along my Sea Devils instead and took full advantage of the opportunity to utilise the shop's scenery by adding a couple of frozen 'water features' to the tundra we were to be battling over.
The Daleks start to quickly whittle down the Sea Devils as the Overlord escapes with a priceless Vortex Node
Once again we re-fought the scenario "A Meeting Of Metal", but story-wise decided that the Daleks had inadvertently awoken an Aquatic Silurian hibernation chamber located in Antarctica. Armed with the Adventure cards "Sea Devil Reinforcements" and "Sonic Summoning" I felt pretty confident my amphibious Earth reptiles would be able to withstand the horrific firepower of Davros' creations, but failed to take into account the +1 Shooting ability of the Emperor's Guard; an organisation dedicated to protecting the Emperor Dalek at all costs.

Admittedly, the game wasn't a complete disaster as I managed to successfully smuggle away two Vortex Nodes and destroy a single drone utilising the "Concentrated Fire" of some reinforcements. However, the battlefield I left behind was literally littered with the corpses of dead Sea Devils, whilst the black and gold pepper-pots dominated the vast majority of the snow-covered battlefield. Of course, it also didn't help that I completely forgot to utilise any of the three Fate Tokens which I started the game with, so as to force my opponent to re-roll the odd lethally-charged die...

22 comments:

  1. Great work on the symbol Simon, as for the game hope you enjoyed it, but another Dalek win leaves me cold towards playing it.

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    1. Thanks Dave. I don’t think the photos do the icon justice tbh, as it looks much better in the flesh, imho. The Daleks are OP in “Doctor Who: Exterminate!” But it doesn’t bother me tbh, as I just like the rule system and playing for fun. I’d imagine if you gamed seriously though you’d be far from happy playing against themLOL!!

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  2. Another win for the Daleks! Yay! They do rule supreme, don't they?

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    1. The Daleks are the best faction in “Doctor Who: Exterminate!” That I’ve encountered so far, Bryan. Although I didn’t use my Sea Devils to the best of their abilities tbh.

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  3. The icon loos very impresive and what a bonus being able to field you Sea Devils, but those Daleks ...

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    1. Thanks very much, Joe. I always like playing the Sea Devils, especially when I’ve just added to their number with my freshly-painted Overlord.

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  4. Some nice painting there. Do you think the Daleks may be a tad overpowered? I cannot remember seeing a report where they have lost.

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    1. Cheers Phil. Yes, the Daleks are indeed overpowered, especially if they're permitted to remain stationary and fire their weapons at maximum efficiency. I believe only UNIT's Bazooka Team (yet to be released) is the only match.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I love sponge work, so was really pleased to be able to use it in applying the gore.

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  6. The khorne icon looks suitably blood soaked! Indeed the more I look at it the more it seems like blood is oozing from just about everywhere. Nice mini batrep too. I guess Daleks are the iconic baddies so they should walk the walk!

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. The Bleeding Icon was great fun to paint. It's a pity there's only one in the box ;-) The Daleks are indeed THE faction for "Doctor Who: Exterminate!", but I don't find playing against them any less fun because they're a bit overpowered.

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  7. Great stuff there Simon! Terrifying Icon, but great none the less!

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  8. that icon is sexy man. love it

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    1. Thank you very much indeed, Michal. Very much appreciated!!!

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  10. Marvelous stuff Simon - I didn't think the icon could possibly match the skulls you did previously, but you've proved me wrong with your excellent brush (and sponge) work :-)

    The game might have been a little one-sided since you were facing the Daleks, but it still sounds like it was fun - which of course is what it's all about :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. I was really pleased with how the Bleeding Icon came out. I love “Doctor Who: Exterminate!” And have no problem knowing that the Daleks are a little overpowered. As you say, its having fun that counts, and I do :-)

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  11. Ouch, sounds like your Sead didn't have their best day. Oh well, better next time 🙂.

    That's three terrific looking icons mate, a marvelous paintjob you did on all three of them.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. The Daleks simply stood still and fired, doubling their attacks, which simply proved too much at a very early stage. The frozen pools did give them something to think about, as the Sea Devils can hop between them, but that actually made them stay put so they couldn’t get outflanked.

      Just one more Judgement of Khorne to go, and then once the Slaughterpriest is finished, I can field the lot :-)

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